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Exclusive Interview: Composer Jason Graves talks video game soundtracks

21 September 2017 4:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson chats to the Tomb Raider and Far Cry composer about what makes a truly great score…

Video game music has come on extraordinary leaps and bounds since the early days of 8-bit synths. Orchestral sophistication and symphonic power is now the order of the day, and at the forefront is acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Graves.

We caught up with Jason to discuss his work on the rebooted Tomb Raider series and other hit video game franchises, discussing his musical process and what it means to honour the musical legacy of console gaming.

What you and your fellow soundtrack composers do is truly remarkable, adding further layers of emotion to our favourite games and films. How did you get into the industry to begin with?

I started working in La when I was still in school for a degree in Film and Television Music. That job gave me a »

- Sean Wilson

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Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser

20 September 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Erstwhile Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are the guests of honor at the 24th Annual Rmala Night fundraiser for the Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles Chapter. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

Alf is a legend, and has been a huge part of the fabric of our community,” Rma national president Marc Sazer said of the selection of Clausen as an honoree. “I can’t think of anyone else that has scored a television show for 27 seasons with original music and a live orchestra.” Clausen was unceremoniously “fired” from Fox’s “The Simpsons” on Aug. 30, it was reported in Variety.

“He was a great choice for a number of reasons, one of which was the instant fame he achieved by being fired,” joked Sazer, a violinist. “We’re proud to have him in our midst, under »

- Paula Parisi

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Oscars: Kobe Bryant Brings Star Power to Animated Short Race

18 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Few, if any, animated shorts have ever had the bona fides of Dear Basketball, a five-minute-and-22-second-long film about Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant's life and career that was produced by the hometown hero himself, animated by Disney legend Glen Keane and scored by music legend John Williams. Now, appropriately enough, Kobe and Co. are set to crash the best animated short Oscar race.

Dear Basketball, a tearjerker inspired by the 2015 poem of the same name through which Bryant announced his retirement from the sport (he narrates the film, too), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in »

- Scott Feinberg

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Blu-ray Review – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

12 September 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, and Drew Barrymore.


Anniversaries divisible by five remain popular with the Hollywood studios’ home theater divisions, so of course E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial needed (not really) that treatment for its 35th anniversary. If you have the Blu-ray issued five years ago, you can skip this one, but it’s a worthwhile upgrade if you only own the 2002 two-disc DVD edition. The 1.5-hour laserdisc documentary remains missing, but a chunk of its material was repurposed for the bonus features found here.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial may feel hokey to modern audiences, but it’s one of many movies directed by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas that had a huge impact on my childhood and on my creative sensibilities. As such, I’m always happy to give it another spin, and »

- Brad Cook

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Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

9 September 2017 11:34 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In the cinema of Steven Spielberg, to say nothing of the cinema of science fiction, of Hollywood, and of practical effects, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a landmark, like the silhouette of a small mountain in the night skyline. Spielberg’s Duel (1971), carried over from television to movie theaters, was a wisp of a story elevated by its visual dynamism. His theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), was another 70s American road movie, notable today for the way it combines the appealing grit of the New Hollywood (and of Duel) with a much warmer, more charitable view of America and its culture. It contains the director’s first broken family unit—a key theme in his career—and was his first film scored by John Williams, even if it has almost none of the Williams trademarks. Jaws (1975) was the breakout smash, a lurid bucket-of-blood movie turned into a light day-at-the-beach movie, »

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Pop Cult Corner – Star Wars director fantasy picks, Disney streaming opportunities, and Marvel alter-egos

9 September 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hello, welcome to Pop Cult Corner, a new feature exploring the latest pop culture talking points from the worlds of TV, film and the wider industry. This first edition will be looking at Disney, particularly the Star Wars and Marvel properties – two behemoths in today’s popular culture. I’ll be giving my random pick for the new Star Wars: Episode IX director, discussing the potential surrounding the Disney streaming service and exploring some new character alter-egos we could see popping up in Avengers: Infinity War and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Star Wars Director: Fantasy Pick

In a previous article, I suggested it was pointless to pick a director that we want to see for Star Wars: Episode IX because the reality of who we will get after Colin Trevorrow’s unceremonious exit will be someone very similar to J.J. Abrams. Despite all that (and my very unsuccessful petition »

- George Chrysostomou

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Daily Podcast: Star Wars, Pirates, Indiana Jones, Mother, John Williams, Penn & Teller & More

6 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

On the September 6, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Hoai-Tran Bui, Jacob Hall and Brad Oman to discuss the latest news, including Han Solo movie casting, the possibility of more Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Indiana Jones 5, a Lgbtq character and Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the early […]

The post Daily Podcast: Star Wars, Pirates, Indiana Jones, Mother, John Williams, Penn & Teller & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Kobe Bryant Reads 'Dear Basketball' Retirement Letter at Hollywood Bowl

2 September 2017 12:50 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_a67b7v1k"]] Kobe Bryant has played in a lot of venues, but never the Hollywood Bowl ... until Friday night. Kobe took the stage at the best venue in L.A. and read his now-famous retirement letter, "Dear Basketball," accompanied by the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra no less. The conductor was definitely as famous as Kobe, at least in orchestra circles ... John Williams.   And there's more ... an animated film by Glen Keane of Disney fame played on the big screen. »

- TMZ Staff

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Steven Spielberg, Bob Dylan Documentaries Join New York Film Festival Lineup

28 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2017 New York Film Festival has lined up a roster of special events that includes world premiere screenings of documentaries about Steven Spielberg and Bob Dylan, as well as a conversation with Kate Winslet and a work-in-progress screening of Bruce Weber’s portrait of Robert Mitchum.

New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Announced (Full List)

Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg” traces the filmmaker’s personal and professional life from childhood to “Jaws” to DreamWorks to now, with interviews with fellow film directors (Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas) and regular collaborators (Tom Hanks, John Williams). The movie is part of a NYFF lineup of special-event films that also includes Jennifer Lebeau’s “Trouble No More,” featuring concert footage from Dylan’s” “born again” period in the late 70s and early 80s; “The Opera House,” Susan Froemke’s movie about the Metropolitan Opera; and “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,” Weber’s in-the-works documentary about Mitchum, built »

- Gordon Cox

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Nyff Adds Special Events, Including Steven Spielberg Documentary, Master Class With Ed Lachman and Vittorio Storaro, and More

28 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s New York Film Festival has just unveiled a slew of Special Events to round out its already full-to-bursting lineup, and it includes some late-breaking entries to previously announced sections and a selection of brand new events that are very special indeed. Highlights include a trio of documentary premieres, including Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg” (focused on the eponymous director, with both Lacy and her subject set to appear at the festival), along with Jennifer Lebeau’s Bob Dylan concert film “Trouble No More,” and Susan Froemke’s “The Opera House,” a history of the Metropolitan Opera and a love letter to the art form that will (appropriately enough) screen at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.

Other standouts include four brand-new films from Claude Lanzmann, a sparkling new restoration of G.W. Pabst’s “Pandora’s Box.” Elsewhere, Kate Winslet will be on hand for a career-spanning chat »

- Kate Erbland

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Steven Spielberg Doc to Debut at New York Film Festival

28 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Monday announced a few buzzy additions to the upcoming New York Film Festival.

The fest will include the world premiere of Spielberg, Susan Lacy’s documentary chronicling the notable career of Steven Spielberg. The film spans from his early love of moviemaking while growing up in all-American suburbia, through his rise to fame with Jaws, to his establishment of a film-and-tv empire with DreamWorks, and beyond. The HBO title — which includes interviews with Francis Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, John Williams and Spielberg's longtime Dp Janusz Kaminski, »

- Ashley Lee

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I am your conductor: Darth Vader leads orchestra – video

28 August 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kazakhstan’s National Conservatory orchestra performs John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars, conducted by Lord Vader himself. The concert, held within Expo 2017 Astana economic forum, surprised the audience when Darth Vader mounted the stage and faced the orchestra wielding a lightsaber for a baton

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- Guardian Staff

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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

27 August 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Composers for Marvel’s TV Universe Strike a Different Chord

23 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Traditionally, when comic-book super-heroes are adapted for the screen, they are accompanied by big orchestras playing heroic themes. Think John Williams’ “Superman” theme or Danny Elfman’s “Spider-Man” music.

For its TV series, however, Marvel has thrown out the old rulebook. Like the Marvel Universe itself, not every hero is alike; some of them don’t even wear colorful costumes. No fewer than 13 series based on Marvel Comics are either on the air now or will be by this time next year, and their scores are as diverse as the characters themselves.

“I love what Marvel has done,” says Dawn Soler, senior vice-president for music for ABC Studios, which oversees most of the Marvel series. “They are not locking into a ‘Marvel sound.’ Super-heroes are becoming a different thing than they were way back when. They are worlds apart. Every score is different.”

The approaches vary widely, from the psychedelic colors of “Legion” to the noirish »

- Jon Burlingame

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E.T. Almost Had a Very Different Ending

19 August 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Steven Spielberg has directed many memorable movies during his long career, but E.T. The Extra Terrestrial remains one of his most iconic. To this day, it's one of his best-reviewed movies, currently holding a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the most iconic moments from the classic 80s sci-fi family flick, of which there are many, is the ending, which is just about as perfect as it gets. But according to star Robert MacNaughton, the ending was almost quite a bit different.

The actor, who plays Elliot's older brother in the movie, recently spoke with Yahoo in honor of E.T. celebrating its 30th anniversary. While speaking about the ending, Robert MacNaughton revealed that the original ending was quite a bit different than what ultimately made the cut. It was originally going to involve another Dungeons and Dragons game, as well as confirming that Elliot was still in contact with the movie's titular, »

- MovieWeb

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"Star Wars" New York Philharmonic Film Concert Series At Lincoln Center September 15-october 7, 2017

19 August 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

World Premiere of Star Wars Film Concert Series

To Feature Iconic Scores Performed Live to Film

John Williams’s Complete Scores Conducted by David Newman September 15–October 7, 2017

New York Comic Con To Feature Return Of The Jedi and

The Force Awakens as Part of Nycc Presents

Star Wars: Music For A Galaxy”

With Conductor and Film Score Composer David Newman Moderated by Mark Travis

Part of Free Insights At The Atrium

September 12, 2017

The Philharmonic Presents “Star Wars Film Concert Series Fan Zone” At Each Concert: Meet-and-Greet with Star Wars Characters, Specialty Drinks,

Event-Themed Photo Booth, Commemorative Merchandise, and More

The New York Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of Star Wars Film Concert Series, September 15–October 7, 2017, featuring screenings of four complete films from the saga — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens — with »

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Blu-ray Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition (1966)

14 August 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition, 1966.

Directed by Sergio Leone.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach.


Okay, it’s been 51 years since The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released, but who’s counting? This new 50th Anniversary Special Edition from Kino Lorber pulls out all the stops with a 4K remastered image, theatrical and extended versions of the film on separate discs, and a big helping of bonus features, including three commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and a bunch of documentary materials.

Some film fans revere Sergio Leone the way others revere Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and other directors with more recognizable names. I’ll admit to having arrived at Leone a bit later in life. Sure, I recognized A Fistful of Dollars in Back to the Future Part II, I knew about the longer version of Once Upon a Time in America, »

- Brad Cook

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - More Leaked Images

14 August 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more leaked images, plus behind-the-scenes footage from director Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens":

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" aka "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi"... the second film in Disney's "Star Wars" sequel trilogy...

...following "Star Wars: The Force Awakens "(2015). 

The film is produced by Lucasfilm...

...and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, October 2012...

...arranged by Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

John Williams, composer for the previous seven films, returns to compose the score. 

Cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley...

...John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson...

...Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis...

...Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", opens December 15, 2017.

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- Michael Stevens

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These Guys Were Almost Han Solo in Star Wars, Not Harrison Ford

12 August 2017 12:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.

Since the release of the original Star Wars film in 1977, a slew of names have surfaced as prospective would-be Millennium Falcon piloting smugglers who were nearly cast »

- MovieWeb

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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